Rowing Shell Furniture - Table Display Case

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Project by Mike Hillman posted 09-01-2013 07:43 PM 4618 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I met at a rowing club and eventually we purchased our own wooden double rowing shell . After we wore it out and were unable to sell it I decided to convert it into a table/display case. This a basic table design with an ash apron (mortise and tenon) and legs from Lowes. The bow and stern of the rowing shell were cut off and end plates attached to the ribs. I placed some weather stripping on top to keep out the bugs and covered it with ribbon from the medals. A couple of pieces of 1/2 inch tempered glass just sit on top. Its about 10 feet long. Even though we would rather be rowing it, we can still enjoy the memories.

-- Mike

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-01-2013 09:47 PM

Very neat use of that shell. Unique, too!

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#2 posted 09-01-2013 10:43 PM

Amazing work ! Great Vision Nicely finnished :: Great talking piece at dinner. Neat project well done..

-- BAZZ, WINDSOR UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#3 posted 09-02-2013 07:22 AM

I won’t pretend to know what your talking about but I sure like the looks of it in that back yard…................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 09-02-2013 01:30 PM

That’s a classy looking table! — Congrats —

-- Barry

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#5 posted 09-02-2013 06:42 PM

Perhaps a better end for the loyal shell and certainly a unique re-use of it. A great unique concept and a really nice build.

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 05:12 AM

Great idea. Nice job!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 04:48 PM

Fantastic and unique table! Giving new life to the old shell. I’m sure you’ll enjoy using it with such great memories. Excellent work!

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Mike Hillman

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#8 posted 09-14-2013 12:31 PM

Thanks for all the kind words. I am humbled by the level of craftsmanship shown by all the wood workers on this site. American ingenuity is alive and well!

-- Mike

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#9 posted 09-14-2013 03:09 PM

This is a real nice piece of work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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